Is a standing wave actually a traveling wave appearing to be still do to interference of two different waves? If the above statement is true, how can a resultant wave even form? The wave traveling forward is not in or at the same time as the wave reflecting back. (How can there interference when the wave traveling back is not lined up with the wave traveling forward) Perhaps they just appear to interfere. Lastly, is the velocity for a certain string the same for a standing wave.